IVÁN SÁNDOR: The Seventh Day


sandor_ivan_ahetediknapIn Iván Sándor’s new novel, large masses of people are forced to abandon their homes in various parts of Europe. We are in the continent’s sixteenth-century, in the years before the Thirty Years’ War, with Spaniards, Germans, Flemings, Catholics and Protestants maiming and murdering each other on a daily basis. Two young men, Thomas and Jensen, and a girl, Eliz, leave their home in Leiden, for different reasons. Their fates intersect, and they join a troupe of actors as they journey through the war-torn continent. As we accompany them and witness their day-to-day struggle for survival, making difficult choices in inhuman circumstances and trying to come to terms with unspeakable suffering, we come away with lessons that may be distant in space and time but which certainly speak to us today. The Seventh Day is a beautiful novel written in a melancholic vein, which in the words of the critic Zsolt Kácsor is reminiscent of the sound of the shofar: “a long-drawn-out, cruelly painful cry of agony.”

“I do not write historical novels. I seek out recurring human situations, snares and ways of surviving amid the continuity of history. The stories in The Seventh Day could have taken place not only in the sixteenth century, when the novel is set, but equally in antiquity, or in the twenty-first century. The reason I put my characters into the sixteenth century is that world of the time may well be familiar to readers today: wars, hate-mongering, mass migration, religious conflict: a world made of iron. It is an era where I feel at home.”

It is a long way from remembering to forgetting and even longer from forgetting to remembering

Product details
ISBN: 9789631436747
2018, hard cover with jacket
256 pages, 130 × 197 mm
3299 HUF

Iván Sándor